Imagine having to face life without arms or legs. Imagine working in a factory for hours without a break. Imagine being shot for speaking out for girls’ education. Imagine getting your hand crushed by a boulder and making a life changing decision. These were all challenges faced by Nick, Malala, Iqbal, and Aron.
Nick Vujicic was born with no arms or legs. Growing up, he was always teased by other children. He not only dealt with challenges at school, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. He often questioned his purpose in life. He began speaking about his life at the age nineteen. Nick showed perseverance by not letting his disability get in the way of living his life.
Another person who showed perseverance is Iqbal Masih. Iqbal was forced to become a laborer to pay off his family’s debt. He became one of the many child slaves at the carpet factory. When Iqbal was ten, he and a few others escaped. They went to the police and explained how Arshad, Iqbal’s owner, was abusing the children. The police wanted the fee you get for finding escaped slaves, so he took Iqbal and the others back to Arshad.
Iqbal was twelve when he managed to escape again. He attended a celebration held by the Brick Layer Unions. Iqbal helped others escaped. Iqbal returned to his family in 1994. In 1995 he was shot. Iqbal showed perseverance by helping other children escape.
Another person who showed perseverance was Malala Yousafzai. Thousands of girls around the world do not have access to education. Malala was an advocate for the rights of young girls to attend school. Malala became the president of the District Child Assembly. She was also nominated for the Children’s Peace Prize and was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace two months later. Not everyone supported Malala. A man shot Malala, but she survived. In the aftermath of the shooting, Malala’s vice echoed stronger. Support grew and so did Malala’s…

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